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Re: bash brace issues (similar to shellshock)

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: bash brace issues (similar to shellshock)
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2018 12:22:23 -0400
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On 8/6/18 12:13 PM, Pierre Gaston wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 4:32 PM, martins dada <address@hidden>
> wrote:
>> Find attached details regarding bash brace issues. King regards.
> you are simply assigning (){ to a temporary environment before running the
> command
> $  n=(){ bash -c 'echo $n'
> (){
> just like:
> a=foo bash -c 'echo $a'
> I'd agree that I would not expect bash to accept this without quotes,
> but it does not allow to execute arbitrary commands like shellshock did.
> At least your examples don't show this.

Since bash parses the assignment as a possible compound array assignment,
it accepts the parens and doesn't throw an error. Once it discovers that
the statement doesn't qualify as a compound assignment, it has a choice:
it can go back and throw an error, or accept the assignment as if it were
quoted. It does the latter.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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